Tom Ingram admitted his victory in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park was unexpected, having started P13.
Scoring a handful of points whilst carrying maximum ballast and the hard tyre in race one, the Speedworks Motorsport driver charged through the field to become the first double winner of the season – further strengthening his early championship lead.
Vaulting into third place early on, the reigning Independents champion found a way past Dan Cammish and soon honed in on race leader Chris Smiley, displacing him on lap ten.
From there the Toyota Avensis driver powered away to score his eighth career win and establish himself as the man to beat in the points at this stage in the season.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Ingram said: “That was unexpected! I was hoping to get inside the top 12 and take advantage of the reverse grid draw but to come through and win is brilliant.
“We knew that we could move forward as we were on the prime tyre, and having been on the hard compound in race one I knew the pain that everyone else was feeling.
“It was that cold that I had to really push early on, just to get some temperature into them. I knew Chris was strong so it was important to stick with him and get past Dan as soon as possible. From there it was about not making any mistakes once we got to the front.
“We have to take the pain of maximum ballast in race three so the aim is just to stay inside the top ten and score points.”
Virtue of the reverse grid draw, Ingram will line up ninth in race three whilst Rory Butcher will start from pole position.
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